Live at Edinburgh Castle, Dad's Army, The Long Firm - best TV on tonight

Live at Edinburgh Castle, Dad's Army, The Long Firm - best TV on tonight

By Radio Times staff

Saturday 19 July 2014 at 12:01AM

Live at Edinburgh Castle - 8:30pm, BBC1

Ahead of Wednesday's opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Alex Jones presents this star-studded concert in front of one of Scotland's most famous landmarks. Edinburgh Castle is the backdrop as a wide range of musical acts perform on stage, including soul legend Smokey Robinson, indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs, 1980s survivors Culture Club, torch singer Paloma Faith, pop-rock band OneRepublic, rap duo Rizzle Kicks and 2012 X Factor finalist Ella Henderson. For those who prefer something a little more classical, the line-up also includes operatic quartet Il Divo, mezzo Katherine Jenkins, West End star Alfie Boe and South African opera singer Pumeza. The music will be interspersed with comedy, courtesy of Bill Bailey and Fred MacAulay, and also features the final leg of the Queen's Baton Relay before it arrives in Glasgow tomorrow.


Dad's Army - 8:30pm, BBC2

A popular 1970 episode. The captain’s doughty dependables rally round when the ARP wardens challenge the platoon to a game of cricket. Jones offers to keep wicket, Walker the spiv provides reconditioned balls and even Frazer will have a go “if someone will explain the principle of the thing”. 

There’s plenty of cheating (demon bowler Fred Trueman plays a ringer), some epic excuse-making from a shown-up Mainwaring, and a rousing last-ditch effort from an unlikely source. A greater role than usual, too, for the late Bill Pertwee, who selflessly played chief hate-figure Hodges for nine years.


The Long Firm - 9pm, Drama

The role of Harry Starks, the gay 1960s gangster at the heart of this 2004 adaptation of the first of Jake Arnott’s thrilling Long Firm trilogy, put Mark Strong firmly on the map. He is superb as Harry, a sentimental brute who is outwardly affable and very attractive, with his sharp suits and dark good looks. But Starks is a monster, a torturer and a killer, who manipulates anyone weaker than himself, including naïve old Lord Teddy Thursby (Derek Jacobi). Thursby enters a Faustian pact with Starks by lending Harry’s “companies” gravitas. But he gets in too deep.

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